Chop Shop

One of the few things the Spawn actually enjoyed during her brief stint at Flagship was the fencing club, and once she gets settled into her routines here in Mondoville, she hopes to get back into the the sport — there’s a club about a half-hour from here.

But there’s swordplay and then there’s swordplay, and in Vancouver, BC, Academie Duello gets medieval with it — or maybe Early Modern:

[Maestro d’Armi Devon] Boorman’s 6,000-square-foot academy attracts about 250 students in classes seven days a week. Academie Duello started with only six students in an outdoor arena in 2004.

Students are guided to thrust and parry with the rapier, longsword, two-handed sword, and sword and shield, imitating the old-world rhythm of nobility and soldiers.

[…] Students don protective gear during practice, such as neck protectors called gorgets, fencing masks, padded jackets and athletic protectors. They often begin lessons by raising their swords for a salute in Italian: “Arte, ardore, onore,” which means art, passion, honour.


[…] Instructors take pride in imparting the disciplined fight craft, while their enthusiasm and in-depth knowledge keeps students returning. The Princess Bride, a movie featuring an unforgettable sword-fighting sequence, is probably the most quoted film at Academie Duello, Boorman said with a smile.

Sounds like something I’d love to try — although I’m probably more the maul-wielding type myself.


About profmondo

Dad, husband, mostly free individual, medievalist, writer, and drummer. "Gladly wolde he lerne and gladly teche."
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2 Responses to Chop Shop

  1. rlk9 says:

    This may not come as much of a surprise, but I am quite interested in historic European martial arts (HEMA). Please let the Spawn know that is the online home of one of North America’s leading HEMA groups, located in Fountain Inn SC. They do some very innovative youtubery.

  2. profmondo says:

    Will do — many thanks!

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